The fun doesn’t stop when Tory Conference wraps up next week. After that, the nation’s attention turns to Skegness, where UKIP will hold its “best party conference yet” on 10th October. While it’s promising a star-studded line-up across the board, Guido couldn’t help noticing one of its top guest speakers set to steal the show: former LibDem MP Lembit Opik. To be fair to Lembit, having already been expelled from the LibDems last year for speaking at a “How to Stop the Lib Dems” meeting, maybe this shouldn’t be a surprise. Apparently joining UKIP is the answer…
Kay Burley’s Sven-Göran Eriksson interview turned into a fiasco as Lembit Öpik decided to try gatecrashing the chat – seven times. He’ll do anything for a bit of screen time.
It’s not been a great week for Lembit, after the Sunday Times also revealed he’s now been expelled by the LibDems for offering advice to clients on how to beat them in elections. Guido can’t imagine he was charging much for that advice…
Lembit Opik is among a group of British politicians who have been elected MPs in the Parliament of Asgardia, the first ‘space nation’. Asgardia aims to be the first nation state in space – enthusiasts launched a (small) satellite into orbit containing the data of thousands of its citizens, but apart from that it exists mainly online. There are 200,000 ‘citizens’ of Asgardia who have signed up online from countries around the world. It is unclear how many still live in their mum’s spare bedroom. One day the Asgardians hope to have a fully functioning space colony, where Lembit will be making the laws…
Doesn’t this disqualify Nigel Evans as an MP? You can’t be a member of a legislature outside of the Commonwealth
— Ned Donovan (@Ned_Donovan) 14 June 2018
The first meeting of the Asgardian Parliament is set for 24 June in Vienna. Others involved include former Lib Dem Leicester South MP Parmjit Singh Gill, and, interestingly, sitting Tory MP Nigel Evans. This may not be allowed…
Commenting on the opportunities presented to British citizens by Asgardia, Lembit Opik said:
“As the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, the country is liberated to invest in a truly global space community, and the Government has recognised this with substantial investment in the UK space sector. Asgardia welcomes British citizens who share the dream of human opportunities in space for all countries, not just the privileged few who can afford a presence in space. There was a time when only the British Upper Class could travel abroad. Now it’s possible for all to do it.”
Sad news for Lembit Opik, whose better half Sabina has publicly dumped him on Twitter. Plenty more fish in the sea, Lembit. Sports tonight?
A once great statesman reduced to loitering around the dingy bars of Westminster putting the world to rights with washed up has-beens.
The other, Alex Salmond.
LibDem MP Greg Mulholland is doing little to dampen speculation he is running for leader of his party. He’s twanking any mention of his ambitions and being coy with the press:
I am not taking media calls today (helpfully I am in the #QuietCoach!) but will announce my intentions having spoken to colleagues.
— Greg Mulholland (@GregMulholland1) May 12, 2015
So it was a surprise to see him dining with Tim Farron late last night in that really good curry place on Rochester Row, SW1.
Could we be about to see a Farron/Mulholland ticket?
Guido was particularly pleased to hear of another guest at last night’s ‘Poppadom Plot’: Lembit.
Is everyone’s favourite LibDem back in the game?